Men to Open Season on Sunday

The Oregon men will start the regular season on Sunday evening by taking on Savannah State at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday evening in the Hispanic College Fund Classic at MacArthur Court on the University of Oregon campus. The tourney is set for three days with a field including Oregon, Savannah State, Bowie State and Pacific. Bowie State and Pacific will begin the tournament at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The second day of the Hispanic College Fund Classic is on Monday with the Ducks scheduled to play Bowie State again at 7:30 p.m. Savannah State and Pacific will play at 5 p.m.

With a win over Savannah State of Chatham County, Georgia, the Ducks hope to secure their 13th-straight season opening win. Oregon also has a 31-game non-conference win streak stretching back to December 11, 1999 (Cal State-Northridge, 79-77) and win would also give Oregon's head coach Ernie Kent 150 wins. Kent currently has a record of 149-94 as the Oregon mentor and with 150 wins he would be the fourth headman to do so at Oregon.

The Hispanic College Fund Classic (HCFC) is played in order to help raise money to provide scholarships to Latino youth pursuing undergraduate degrees in business, science, engineering, technology and math. There are three tourneys around the country, besides Oregon, Georgetown and North Carolina State are also hosting the HCFC.

Savannah State is hoping to shake a 30-game losing streak and have a new coach, Horace Broadaux. The Tigers have three returning lettermen, Michael Bennett, Alvin Edwards and Chauncey Hall.

The Bowie State Bulldogs are a Division II program that went 26-5 last year, winning the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and advanced to the round of 16 in the Division II NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs return Isaiah Johnson (12.9 ppg), Derick Payne (12.2 ppg) and Kevin Bell (11.1) from last year's team.

Pacific was one of the Cinderella stories of last year's March Madness by reaching round two. The Tigers were 27-4 overall and won the Big West in an undefeated (18-0) run. Christian Maraker returns with his 13.1 point scoring and 6.1 rebounds per game average.

The Ducks won two exhibition games against Southern Oregon, 75-58 on November 9th, and then beat OIT, 84-66 on Nov. 15.

The Ducks will be without Mitch Platt (red shirting due to foot surgery) and Jordan Kent will be on the bench after the concluding the regular football season against Oregon State on Saturday. Kent is not expected to see much, if any action as he continues to readjust to basketball conditioning.

The HCFC will be carried on Oregon Sports Network with Jerry Allen calling the action.

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